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Local Company Providing Disaster Relief for Joplin

The death toll now totals 117 and the tornado devastated town of Joplin, Missouri is in dire need. One local trucking company to providing some much needed relief.

Spreading the word through friends, family and Facebook, it took only one day for Leroy Barnhill to fill a trailer with donations of food, water and essential supplies destined for Joplin Missouri.

“Before the sun went down we had 12 pallets of water plus the cases that people were bringing in,” said Barnhill. “It was just a snowball effect. Just getting the word out that people need help and this community just steps up and does it.”

News of the tornado in Joplin struck Barnhill on a personal level. He hauls munitions for R&R Trucking a company with home offices in Joplin.

“We’ve got about 125 people that work at our company and at least half of their houses have either been damaged or totally destroyed,” he said.

In addition to the essentials of food and water, Barnhill says people in Joplin are in desperate need of everything from rain gear and diapers to cleaning supplies and paper products.

“You just pass the word of true need and knowing that it will get to it needs to be without any kind of hesitation. People know that when they give something, it will go where it needs to go,” Barnhill said.

The tornado relief trailer is parked at Bloomfield Manufacturing just one block west of the courthouse in Bloomfield.

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